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  • Tony Bizjak / Sacramento Bee

    Traffic flows into Sacramento toward downtown across the Tower Bridge on Tuesday morning.

  • Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee

    Construction workers take a break during the first day of lane closures on the Fix50 project along a key stretch of Highway 50 in Sacramento.

  • Tony Bizjak / Sacramento Bee

    Fix50 contractor CC Myers speaks with a reporter on Tuesday morning, the first day of the project to upgrade a stretch of Highway 50 through Sacramento.

  • Joe Small, an employee at Sacramento State, turned to his bicycle instead of a motor vehicle on the first day of lane closures on Highway 50 as part of the Fix50 project.

  • Hector Amezcua / The Sacramento Bee

    Myers & Sons crew members work on Highway 50 eastbound in downtown Sacramento during the first day of work on the Fix50 project on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

  • Darrell Smith / Sacramento Bee

    Lines of traffic move slowly toward downtown Sacramento across the Tower Bridge on Tuesday morning.

  • Randy Pench / Sacramento Bee

    Backed-up traffic is seen in this aerial view looking west above Highway 50 on Tuesday morning.

Fairly normal commute traffic reported for Sacramento County streets

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 - 8:02 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Traffic on surface streets in Sacramento County appears surprisingly light on Day One of the Fix50 highway repair.

Doug Maas at the Sacramento County traffic operations center on Tuesday morning said motorists have managed well. Watt Avenue had about the same volume of traffic as always, and Sunrise and Hazel avenues were lighter than on average Tuesday mornings.

"It is possible people are avoiding the roads because they were anticipating it would be heavy," said Maas.

Maas said commuters might have changed their shifts, leaving for work later or possibly remaining home and telecommuting.

"It is still typical commute traffic on our corridors, but it didn't overflow," Maas said.

No timing changes to traffic signals had to be made from the operations center to make the flow of traffic improve at intersections.

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